Last week, the Italian press has revealed that Juventus General Director, Luciano Moggi, could face sanctions for sporting frauds.
The accusations are much heavy and reveal a scenario in which, in the last years, Moggi had a confidential relationship with Pierluigi Pairetto, the former chief of the Italian refereeing commission (AIA).
Two very serious newspapers, like Gazzetta dello Sport and the Corriere della Sera, published accounts of telephone conversations between Moggi and Pierluigi Pairetto, in which Moggi asks for officials of his choice to be assigned to the matches in question.
Moggi is also accused of having asked Pairetto to select a specific referee for a Champions League encounter in 2004 against Djurgardens of Sweden - at the time, Pairetto was also vice-president of the UEFA refereeing commission.
So, the referees were requested "a la carte", and they should see all in favour of Juventus, "also what there is not", say the wire tappings reported in the press.
Personally, I was just convinced that in the last seasons the Italian League was falsified in favour of Juventus: you all remember that in 1998 Inter had just won the League when, during the decisive game, a foul against Ronaldo in the box (that should be penalty for Inter) was not sanctioned, and at the end of the action was sanctioned a penalty for Juventus.
In 1999-2000, Juventus challenged for the Scudetto with Lazio, my beloved team, that has many links with Liverpool so that there are many red shirts at the Stadio Olimpico; well, in one of the last matches, versus Parma, was disallowed a head-goal from Cannavaro (which in that time played for Parma) that was "the most regular goal in the whole history of football".
Plus, in these years there have been a lot of goals ratified for Juventus with the balls on the bar or 50 cm. out of the line of the goal, and, viceversa, goals cancelled for the opponents with the ball 50 cm. in!
The President of the Italian Football Association, Franco Carraro, was obliged to resign, swept away by the scandal.
I hope that this scandal will make emerge all the responsibilities and that Juventus will be condemned to pay for all the dreams and the joy of which all the other teams' fans have been deprived in the last years!